George C. Lee, SUNY Distinguished Professor Emeritus in the Department of Civil, Structural and Environmental Engineering was recognized by the International Association of Bridge Earthquake Engineering (IABEE).
Unreinforced masonry (URM) buildings are vulnerable to earthquakes, but often house critical community infrastructure like schools and fire departments. SUNY Distinguished Professor Michel Bruneau and associate professors Kallol Sett and Andreas Stavridis (lead PI) are funded by the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) to enhance the seismic performance of these buildings.
Students in associate professor Andreas Stavridis’ reinforced concrete design class had a chance to experience something most undergraduate students do not: seeing the beams they designed and built put to the test.
“Part of it is the practicality. We learn all about theory, but we don’t actually see it put into practice,” says Esteban Orellana, a senior civil engineering student, “this was a good opportunity to actually see it for ourselves.”
“Later in my career, I want to apply these concepts and take this retrofit methodology and apply it to buildings that are out there now,” says Sina Basereh, a PhD student in the Department of Civil, Structural and Environmental Engineering.